Host or no host (spoiler alert: no host), the Prime­time Em­mys will go on

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Soap Synopses - BY JAY BOB­BIN

It’s the “in” thing to be host-less.

You’d think that’s the mes­sage that some of the en­ter­tain­ment world’s top award shows are send­ing this year. Af­ter the Os­cars went with­out any one per­son steer­ing the show last win­ter, fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy over co­me­dian-ac­tor Kevin Hart be­ing named to the job (he ul­ti­mately dropped out), those be­hind tele­vi­sion’s Prime­time Emmy Awards de­cided from the out­set not to have a sin­gle point per­son pre­sid­ing.

Fox airs the 71st Em­mys in their tra­di­tional slot on Sun­day, Sept. 22 ... the night be­fore the new broad­cast-tele­vi­sion sea­son of­fi­cially be­gins. “Broad­cast” must be spec­i­fied, es­pe­cially since ca­ble and stream­ing out­lets (which ef­fec­tively have year­round “sea­sons”) fac­tor very strongly into the Emmy con­tests again.

In a way, it’s con­ve­nient for the Em­mys to go with­out a host again. When the event cy­cles through other net­works, they al­ready have comedic hosts they can go to: Jimmy Kim­mel for ABC, Stephen Col­bert and James Cor­den for CBS, and Jimmy Fallon, Seth Mey­ers and even the “Satur­day Night Live” crew for NBC. Fox doesn’t have such a ready-made heir ap­par­ent; though it could go to one of its se­ries stars such as Tim Allen, they’re so busy work­ing on their shows at this time of year, they likely wouldn’t have the time needed to pre­pare for the job.

As usual, though, plenty of fa­mil­iar faces still will show up at the Em­mys as pre­sen­ters. That makes the oc­ca­sion a great way for net­works to pro­mote their shows, par­tic­u­larly new ones – and not only on Fox. Even if a lot of per­form­ers make it onto the stage to an­nounce the win­ners, a lot don’t. And man­agers and agents don’t want their clients in the “don’t” list, which can make for plenty of preshow jock­ey­ing and ma­neu­ver­ing be­hind the scenes.

In any event, the show must go on ... and with the field led by HBO’s “Game of Thrones” (with a record­set­ting 32 nom­i­na­tions) in drama and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (with 20) in com­edy, the Prime­time Em­mys are set to honor many of TV’s best once again.

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